(German Short-haired Pointing Dog, Deutsch Kurzhaar) The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile, all-purpose hunter and gun dog with an overall appearance of aristocracy, balance, power, and agility. They have a medium-sized, symmetrical build and an intelligent, animated expression. Ideally, dogs of this breed appear noble, coordinated, and capable. Bone structure of this breed is in direct proportion to the size of the dog’s body. The neck slopes downward in a graceful curve, and its length allows the dog to reach with its jaws to retrieve game. They have a deep chest that reaches down to the elbows and a short, strong, straight back with a slight rise from the tail root to the withers. Their strong loin is of moderate length and their broad hips are wide-set. Tails of this breed are high-set and firm, and they are customarily docked to 40% of their original length. They have sloping, mobile, well-muscled shoulders with blades that lie flat and are well laid back. Their upper arms are long and their elbows stand away from their body. Their thickly padded feet are close-knit, compact, and round- or spoon-shaped. They have muscular thighs and bent stifles, and their hock joints are angulated and sturdy. The head of the German Shorthaired Pointer is clean-cut and well-proportioned. Their skull is comparatively broad, slightly rounded, and arched on the sides. Muzzles of this breed are long enough to enable the dog to properly seize game. Depth of the muzzle is in proportion to the length of the dog’s skull. Their jaws are powerful and their strong, healthy teeth close in a scissors bite. They have medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes that are usually dark brown in color. Ears of this breed are high-set, broad, and lie flat against the dog’s head. Their nose is brown, large, and features broad, open nostrils. The short-haired coat of the German Shorthaired Pointer is thick, rough, and longer on the underside of the dog’s tail and the back edges of the dog’s haunches. Coat colors of this breed include solid liver or a combination of white and liver.
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They can be black and white. This color is more common in Germany than the USA.
(Alsatian, Deutscher Schaferhund) The German Shepherd is a strong, agile dog with a well-muscled build and an overall appearance that denotes liveliness, nobility, and quality. The breed’s well-balanced body is just longer than it is tall, and its outline consists of smooth curves as opposed to angles. They are substantial, fit, and solid, but they are not bulky or cumbersome. Their neck is well-muscled, sturdy, and clean-cut, and its length is in direct proportion to the size of the dog’s head. They have a straight, strong back that is short by comparison, and their high-set withers slope gently into their level topline. The chest of this breed is well-filled, deep, and capacious, and the well-sprung ribs are long and carried down to the sternum. Their abdomen is firm and moderately tucked up into the loin. They have long, obliquely angled shoulder blades that lie flat, and their upper arms are well-muscled. The thickly padded feet are short, compact, and feature a set of well-arched toes and dark nails. Thighs of this breed are broad and strong, and their croup is gradually sloping. The head of the German Shepherd is chiseled, clean-cut, and noble, and its size is in proportion to the size of the dog’s body. Males of this breed have distinctly masculine facial features, while females have distinctly feminine facial features. Their medium-sized, almond-shaped eyes are obliquely set and dark in color. They have moderately pointed ears that are erect and set parallel to one another. The breed’s forehead is somewhat arched, and their skull slopes downward into their long, wedge-shaped muzzle. Their stop is abrupt and pronounced, and their nose is black in color. They have strong, well developed jaws and their complete set of teeth close in a scissors bite. The ideal coat of the German Shepherd is a medium-length double coat. This double coat consists of a dense, straight, harsh outer layer that is close-fitting. The head, legs, and paws of this breed are covered with short hair, while the hair about the neck is longer and thicker. Coat colors of this German Shepherd vary greatly, but rich, strong colors are preferred.
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The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a strong, agile, well muscled animal, alert and full of life. It is well balanced, with harmonious development of the forequarter and hindquarter. The dog is longer than tall, deep-bodied, and presents an outline of smooth curves rather than angles. It looks substantial and not spindly, giving the impression, both at rest and in motion, of muscular fitness and nimbleness without any look of clumsiness or soft living. The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility–difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its sex. Some may be albino which gives them white fur, red eyes, and brown noses. They are known to be prone to Arthritis.
The German Sheeppoodle is a fluffy dog with unique fur. Round and covered in fur is their large head which leads to their square muzzle. Large round eyes are normally covered in lots of fluffy fur just like their long floppy ears. A thick neck leads to their bulky body which looks like a puff ball because of all the fur. Muscular legs end with big round feet. The coat is long and curly similar to a Poodle but it often forms cords which can make it look more like a Puli or Komondor. Almost any coat color appears, including fawn, white, red, brown, black, as well as two-toned.
(Standard Pinscher)When you see a German Pinscher for the first time, you may think it is a miniature Doberman Pinscher but they have many differences in appearance and obviously in size. Small and round, their head leads to a tiny narrow muzzle. Small round eyes can barely be seen on their face. Sitting on top of their head are two ears which, like Doberman’s, can be natural or cropped. A long neck leads to their sleek elegant body. Thin tiny legs lead to very small round feet. Covering their body is short sleek fur that comes in one common color variety which is black with brown, but brown, fawn, red, and brown with white markings are also acceptable.
(Deutsch Langhaar) (German Long-Haired Pointing Dog)The German Longhaired Pointer is a happy and cheerful looking dog. A large square head leads to their square muzzle. Round attentive eyes give this breed an appearance of curiosity and intelligence. Long floppy ears dominant their head and hang down to their neck. A short thick neck leads to their broad shoulders and deep chest. Muscular legs which are covered in long flowing hair end with furry rabbit-shaped feet. Covering their body is short to medium length fur that is soft and thick on their ears, legs, and tail but short on their back. Their coat can be dark brown with patches of light brown or brown with white patches on the chest and feet.
(German Hunting Terrier) (Deutscher Jagdterrier) (Jagdterrier) The German Hunt Terrier is a small, perky terrier with lots of personality. A round head leads to their medium-length rectangular muzzle. Large round eyes and sweet expressions can make any owner be under their control. Small folded ears sit on top of their head. A skinny neck leads to their narrow chest and shoulders and their sunken stomach. Thin legs lead to small rabbit-shaped feet. Covering their body is sleek fur which is short and similar to a Doberman Pinscher’s. Even the color looks like a Doberman’s, because it is black and tan.
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It’s coat should be harsh and rough like that of other wire-haired terriers.
Rough, broken and smooth coats are all acceptable in this breed.
(Spanish Greyhound) The Galgo Espanol (Spanish Greyhound) looks very similar to the Greyhound but is not as common in the United States. A tiny round head leads to their narrow muzzle. Compared to the rest of their head, they have large eyes which are usually brown. Sitting on the side of their head are two small folded ears. Leading from their small head is their long narrow neck which stops at their broad shoulders and deep chest. A sunken in stomach makes up the rest of their body which is thin and fragile looking. Their long, skinny legs end with surprisingly small paws. Covering their body is short fur which feels the same as the more common Greyhound. The fur can come in any color, but the most common are fawn, brindle, and black spotted.
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While rare, Galgo Espanol can also be long haired.
(Epagneul Francais) The French Spaniel is a proud and well structured dog. The eyes of the French Spaniel tend to be somewhat long and are often a dark amber in color. The ears of this breed are set back. The tail of the French Spaniel is not docked, but is instead of a full length. The coat on this dog tends to be dense and is resistant to water. Feathering is typically present on the belly, earns, tail and backs of the legs. Most French Spaniels have a white coat with liver markings. The markings can be large or small and are often irregular in size. There may also be speckling on this breed of dog. Of all the spaniel breeds, the French Spaniel is the tallest. One of the most interesting aspects of the French Spaniel is its ability to adapt to both cold and warm climates. The French Spaniel is believed to have originally been bred as a hunting dog and is quite versatile. This is a god that is adaptable and will hunt both on water as well as on land. They are perfectly capable of adapting to a variety of different types of terrain.
The French Bulldog is a compact, small- to medium-sized dog with heavy bone structure and an overall appearance that denotes intelligence, strength, and alert curiosity. All parts of the French Bulldog are well in proportion to one another, and no single feature is excessively prominent or imbalanced in comparison to the rest of the body. The breed’s neck is thick and well-arched, and loose skin is present on the throat. Their back is strong, short, and broadest at the shoulders. They have a broad, deep chest with well-developed ribs and a moderate tuck-up. Tails of this breed are short, low-hung, and thick at the base, and they may be straight or screwed. Their forelegs are stout, well-muscled, and wide-set, and their medium-sized feet are compact and firmly set. Their strong, muscular hind legs are longer than their forelegs, so that their loins are elevated above their shoulders. Their hocks are well let-down. The head of the French Bulldog is large and square-shaped, and the top of the skull is flat between the ears. They have a slightly rounded forehead and a broad, deep muzzle with well-developed cheeks. The breed’s stop is pronounced and well-defined, and there is a hollow groove between the dog’s eyes. Heavy facial wrinkles form a soft roll over the breed’s short black nose. Their medium-sized eyes are wide-set and set low into their skull. Their elongated ears are broad at the broad at the base, high-set, and carried erect. The short-haired coat of the French Bulldog is fine, brilliant, and smooth. Coat colors for this breed include brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and a number of other shades. The skin of the French Bulldog is soft and loose, and it forms wrinkles around their face and shoulders.
(Le Fougueux) (Epagneul Breton) (French Brittany Spaniel) The French Brittany is a breed that is much like the American Brittany. One of the primary differences between these two breeds of dogs lie in the way in which they hunt. French Brittany dogs tend to have a hunting style that is somewhat stronger. The coat on the French Brittany is flat and of medium length. The French Brittany is actually the smallest of all of the pointing breeds of dogs. The tail on this dog tends to be short or completely non-existent. Overall, this is a very compactly built dog. The French Brittany tends to have feathering on the legs as well as on the chest area. Many French Brittanies have a coat that is a mix of white and reddish brown, but there are also dogs that have a mixture of black and white as well. Some spotting of color may also be seen as well. The nose on this breed of dog is often brown, but it may also be pink as well.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is of the retriever class of dog and typically has a liver or black colored coat that is thick and of medium length. The coat on this dog tends to be fine and sleek while the legs, chest and tail are often well feathered. The Flat-Coated Retriever typically has a somewhat long and sleek head with a muzzle that is wide. The eyes on this dog tend to be either hazel or brown. Ears are somewhat small and typically lay flat along the head. The nose on the Flat-Coated Retriever tends to be black in most cases, but there are also some with brown noses as well.
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Black is the predominant color. Black dogs should have black noses and liver dogs have brown noses
(Suomenpystykorva) (Finsk Spets) (Loulou Finnoi) The Finnish Spitz is quite well known for its golden hued coat. It is frequently likened to a fox because the two share similar colored coats. The coat of the Finnish Spitz can vary between a golden red color and a honey color. While adult dogs are well known for their coloring, puppies are actually born much darker colored. It is not until later that they acquire the renowned red coat. While most Finnish Spitzes have the traditional red coat, there are some dogs that may have small white markings. The lips as well as the eyes of the Finnish Spitz are black. The eyes of this breed tend to be almond shaped. Ears tend to be pointed with this breed. The tail of the Finnish Spitz will curl up over the dog’s back. The coat of this breed is somewhat thick and of a medium length. The Finnish Spitz also has an under-layer of hair that is straight.
(Suomenajokoira) (Finsk Stovare) The Finnish Hound has a coat that is dense and short. It also tends to be quite coarse as well. Many Finnish Hounds are tan with black markings that resemble a saddle. They may also have small white markings as well, particularly on the feet, chest and tail. Other features of the Finnish Hound are quite similar to other breeds of the Hound class. For example, this dog has a relatively lean build, when kept in good shape. The ears are somewhat short. The tail may have a white tip on the end.
(Brazilian Mastiff) (Brazilian Molosser) (Cao de Fila) The Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, can be easily distinguished from other breeds by its long muzzle and skin which seems to somewhat hang on its compact body. The skin of this breed is quite loose and thick, particularly at the neck area. Like other Mastiffs, the Fila Brasileiro has a heavy muzzle and large upper lips. This particular breed may be almost any color, including brindle as well as solid colors. Most breeds are black, fawn or brindle. Some may have a black mask, but that is not always the case.
The Field Spaniel is somewhat heavier as well as longer than its cousin the Cocker Spaniel. Most Field Spaniels have a solid color coat, with the primary colors being black or a liver color. There are some Field Spaniels that have markings, usually tan. In addition, some may also be speckled, which is known as roan. The ears of a Field Spaniel are of a medium length and tend to be fringed and broad.
The Estonian Hound is medium-sized, well-muscled dog with solid bone structure and a sturdy body. The breed’s eyes are dark brown in color, and the tail is evenly covered with thick hair. Their skin is tight and their ears are dropped. They have a short-haired coat that is shiny and rough in texture. Black patches are usually present. While the tip of this breed’s tail is always white, other coat colors may exist across the dog’s body and face. These colors may include blackish-brown, red, or a saddle-like patch on the dog’s back.
(Entlebucher Sennehund, Entelbuch Mountain Dog, Entelbuch Cattle Dog, Entlebucher) The Entlebucher Sennenhund is a medium-sized dog with a heavily boned, muscular body and sturdy, square proportions. Their hocks have a naturally good angle and their hips are wide and brawny. Their skull is flat and features a strong, straight, well-developed muzzle. Their eyes are small and dark brown in color, and their medium-sized ears are triangular, high-set, and rounded at the tips. Their jaw is powerful, long, and well-formed. The Entlebucher Sennenhund has a smooth, harsh, close-fitting coat that is tri-colored. White markings exist on the toes, the chest, the blaze, and the tip of the tail. The tan markings always lie between the white and black. Tails of this breed are often docked.
(King Charles Spaniel) The English Toy Spaniel is a small-sized spaniel with a stout, sturdy frame and a compact build. They have a dome-shaped skull and a pronounced stop. Their deep pug nose is black in color and features a pair of open nostrils. Teeth of this breed are slightly undershot and eyes are large in size, round, and possess a sweet expression. Their pendant ears are long, feathered, and hang down to the sides of the cheeks. The English Toy Spaniel has a long, silky, feathered coat that exists in four color varieties including King Charles (black and tan), Blenheim (white with red markings), Ruby (solid red with a few white hairs or a white chest patch), and Prince Charles (white with black and tan markings). Tails of this breed are typically docked.
The English Springer Spaniel is a hearty, compact, medium-sized dog. They carry themselves proudly. Their back is level and approximately the same length as the height of the withers. Their limbs are straight and their feet are compact. The breed’s head is distinguished, strong, and sized in proportion to the dog’s body. The length of the dog’s head is approximately the same length as the dog’s neck. They have a moderate stop with a groove that rises between the eyes and disappears into the middle of the forehead. The topline of the skull and the topline of the muzzle are parallel to one another. The English Springer Spaniel has medium-sized eyes that are either brown or hazel in color. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their ears are long and pendant. The coat of the English Springer Spaniel is medium-length and flat or wavy and feathered. Coat colors for this breed include liver and white, black and white, blue, or liver roan. Flecks of white may or may not exist. Tails of this breed are typically docked.
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Coat colors also include black with white, tri -colored and Liver with white or tri-color.
English Shepherds have an appearance that is similar to that of Australian Shepherds as well as Border Collies. One of the primary differences between Australian Shepherds and English Shepherds is that the English dog usually has a tail as well as head that is not quite as round. While Australian Shepherds tend to have a squarish body, Australian Shepherds are typically rounder. They are also usually larger than most Border Collies. The coat of an English Shepherd may be straight but it may also be wavy or even curly. Feathering is typically present on the tail and on the legs. Coloring on this dog tends to be black and white or black and tan. There are also tricolor varieties as well. In some cases there have been English Shepherds which are brindled.
The English Setter is a beautiful, elegantly built setter with a slim body and a distinctive speckled coat. They have a deep, narrow chest and an elongated head with a defined frontal stop. The muzzle is approximately half the length of the dog’s head. Their eyes are large in size, hazel in color, and possess a friendly expression. They have a dark nose and comparatively long ears that are pendant-shaped. Their straight tail tapers to a small point. The speckled coat of the English Setter can feature speckles in a variety of different sizes and patterns. The coat is long, flat, silky in texture, and slightly wavy. Coat colors for this breed include white with blue, lemon, brown, or orange speckling. Some English Setter are tri-color (white, blue, and brown). The tail, ears, and legs of this breed are heavily fringed.
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There are two types of English setter. Bench/Show type and Field type. The field type is more active and has less hair on the ears, legs and chest. The bench type or the one depicted in the main photo, is more laid back. Their fur is often more soft on the head and a tri-color’s legs can be very frizzy
The English Foxhound is an elegantly bodied dog with an athletic build and clean-cut appearance. They have a long neck and sturdy hindquarters. Their limbs are perfectly straight and feature round, cat-like feet. They have a wide skull and a long muzzle, and their eyes are large and possess a sweet expression. Ears of this breed are pendant-shaped and lay flat to the dog’s head. Their tail is carried upward. The English Foxhound has a short, hard coat that is tri-color (black, white, and tan) or bi-color with a white background.